How To Choose Your First Skateboard?

Skateboarding is a massively popular hobby and the best part is it even burns calories. If you have been thinking of buying your first skateboard then make sure you do not go for some cheap board that looks good because you can learn on it but trust me it will break during the first trick. Also I suggest you absolutely do not buy from an online e-commerce site and go to a proper skate shop.

Skateboard

The brand I would suggest is ReVive. ReVive is a great brand and the material used is good.

An eight inch skateboard/ deck is what I would suggest because it’s not too wide and not too narrow. Your height does not matter unlike what you have heard from many sources before. Please visit skategears.com/best-skateboarding-shoes for more information about skateboarding shoes.

Trucks are your next buy

Make sure the board size matches the truck size. Some trucks do not turn well apparently but that again depends on your riding style. Cheapest ones will work well too.

The next thing is that wheels are important.

Go for softer wheels. Softer wheels are better in general and especially when you are not trying street skating but if you are then harder wheels might be better. You get to customize even the color of wheels. Now let’s move to bearings. This directly affects your safety so pick some good and fast ones. Another thing to keep in mind is how to choose the skateboard grip tape. Its use is to provide traction and it helps the rider maintain a grip on the board while doing tricks.

Next thing to note is that the nose is generally a little bigger than the tail.

The concave matters too. Some people think that steeper concave makes boards easier to flip but that again isn’t a sure shot formula and depends on your riding style.

The types of skateboard besides a normal skateboard which I would like to recommend for a beginner are the long board and a cruiser.

A long board provides maneuverability and stability. Both these elements are needed for beginners although a long board is not so great for tricks and flips. Use a long board to ride downhill or on a flat road. Cruiser should also be used only on flat roads

The last thing to do is to forget all tips anyone gave you and go to the skate store and stand on the board, on the head and on the tail and pick a board that feels right.

PanoEdit Help Reference

How to Take Source Images

Properly taking source images is crucial to successful panorama stitching.

  • When taking images, rotate camera around some fixed point. A tripod is not required to stitch a good panorama but remember that a heavily moving camera from side to side, especially for indoor scenes, will lead to rendering artifacts or even to no matching source images altogether. Also do not zoom in/out while taking photos.
  • Keep an overlap of at least 20-30% between images. Monotonous scenes like the sea may need more overlapping.
  • Use lens without a lot of distortion. Fish eye lenses are not supported in the current version of PanoEdit.

How to Use PanoEdit

The PanoEdit window is divided into two resizable areas. The top area is for the panorama and the bottom area is for source images.

To create panorama import source images into PanoEdit either by dragging and dropping them into bottom area or using menu (File -> Import, Cmd-I). After that ‘Match’ button should be enabled. Just click it and wait while the matching is working. After a successful matching the top area will display just stitched panorama. In the bottom area images that constitute the panorama will be marked as ‘matched’ group.

PanoEdit Modes

PanoEdit has three modes.

Preview Mode

The first one is the preview mode. It shows how your final panorama will look like after export. Note that it is low resolution, approximate representation of the final image.

Projection Editor

The second mode is the projection editor.

The spherical projection (also known as equirectangular projection) just maps longitude and latitude to image coordinates as is. Select this projection when panorama has a large field of view.

The rectilinear projection (also known as gnomonic projection) can map only part of the full spherical panorama without much distortion. It has a property that a straight line in the real world is a straight in the projected image. Select this projection when the field of view is not very large.

Also, projection editor allows you to easily modify the yaw, pitch and roll parameters of projection. The image of panorama has handles overlaid over it:

Click and drag image near horizontal handle to move horizontally, near vertical to move vertically. Clicking and dragging near or outside of the outer four curved handles will rotate the panorama. These controls are useful when panorama needs recomposition or when default parameters are not satisfactory, for example, the panorama having a curved horizon.

Crop

The third mode is the crop tool.

In addition to the usual crop rectangle there are controls for scale, size and crop mode. Scale is specified in percentage of source images scale, i.e. when scale is 100% one pixel in panorama roughly corresponds to one pixel in source images. Size edit boxes allow to specify precisely desired final image width or height and other parameters will be recalculated according to the crop rectangle proportions and current scale.

The crop mode allows to automatically position the crop rectangle and (for inscribed and superscribed modes) properly recalculate it whenever the panorama is changed. The superscribed mode is turned on by default and keeps the crop rectangle precisely cover all panorama. The inscribed mode keeps the crop rectangle inside panorama.

Export

After you have successfully created panorama you can save it to disk using Save button on main panel. You may also adjust panorama horizon and crop parameters at first and then save panoramic image to disk.

Automatic Geometry and Exposure Matching

There is no need to take pictures in some prescribed order. Handles horizontal, vertical, multiple rows, as well as 360×180 panoramas. Automatically matches exposure between overlapping photos to create one seamless composite image.

Automatic Geometry

Multiple Projections

PanoEdit supports spherical and rectilinear projections.

Interactive Projection Editor

No more entering yaw, pitch and roll parameters into edit boxes. Just click and drag to tweak your panorama and see the results in real time. Straighten the horizon, change the projection center with immediate feedback.

Panorama Crop Tool

Cropping a panorama is not the same thing as cropping a regular photo. Whenever you modify a panorama projection or straighten horizon crop rectangle should be updated. It is when PanoEdit’s automatic cropping comes into play. In ‘Inscribed’ mode the crop rectangle will be kept inscribed into the panorama to remove curved edges. In ‘Superscribed’ it will precisely cover all panorama.

OS X Integration.

PanoEdit benefits from lots of OS X technologies from native UI to ImageIO and ColorSync. Reads all the image formats that OS X understands.

Undo/Redo Support

Undo/Redo is available for all editing actions through conventional shortcuts.